The Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame will be announcing two inductees for 2017 at the Hall’s annual general meeting in Brandon on Wednesday.
The 2017 inductees are veterinarian Dr. Everett More of Virden and dairy farmer Neil Van Ryssel of Oakbank.
The 2017 induction ceremony will be held in Winnipeg on June 19. The event will also include the announcement of the Red River Exhibition’s 2017 Farm Family of the Year.
2017 Manitoba Ag Hall of Fame inductee bios (supplied):
Dr. Everett More from Virden, Manitoba has practised Veterinary medicine for well over 40 years. Although semi-retired, Dr. More continues to play an integral part in both the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze – two events he has proud to have been a part of for many years. His nearly five decades of involvement with the equine ranching industry in western Canada has provided significant expertise and service to the welfare of horses that contribute to women’s healthcare world-wide. He has been a supporter of local ag societies for over 50 years and remains a registered Simmental cattle breeder, is an exhibitor of Quarter horses and raises bulls and bred heifers for sale.
Neil Van Ryssel from Oakbank, Manitoba is a third generation farmer who has contributed to local, national and international agriculture communities. At the national level, Neil was a board member of the Dairy Farmers of Canada where he played an integral role in developing the first Canadian Code ofPractice of the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle. And fifteen years ago, as a founding member of the Western Milk Pool, Neil was instrumental in negotiating the initial agreement of this interprovincial milk income sharing plan that supports consistent milk supply, processor access to milk and a stable income for dairy farmers. This eventually became an all milk national pool and thus demonstrating Neil’s visionary involvement in, and for, the dairy industry.